Schalke Appoints David Wagner As Head Coach

David Wagner

David Wagner has been appointed as the new head coach of Shalke on a three year deal. The former  Huddersfield Town manager has been out of  coaching role after leaving Terries on mutual consent in January.

The 47-year-old is not new to the Bundesliga having  played for Schalke between 1995-97, making 29 appearances for the club and scoring two goals. He also worked under Jurgen Klopp at Borrussia Dortmund as a coach for the reserve side.

The club’s Sporting  Director Jochen Schneider said in a statement: “We are delighted to have hired a coach in David Wagner who perfectly fits in with our required profile: someone whose footballing philosophy has his team take the initiative, with intensity and as much speed as possible, but also someone who can build a team with his personality and improve players individually.”

Schalke finished Bundesliga runners-up last season, but have had it tough in 2018/19, only confirming their top-flight status with three games to go. They reached the UEFA Champions League last 16, losing to Manchester City.

“I know from my own experience as a player the strength Schalke have when the team, club and fans pull together,” explained Wagner. “To delve back into this world and make a change for the better in the current situation: that’s my biggest motivation to return to the Bundesliga.”